Daily painting #17: The road ahead

My back has been too sore for me to drive safely, so I’ve been walking to nearby spots to paint. In this case, I was trying to highlight the bend in the road in the top-left, but I also wanted to include the car because it’s just plain fun to paint cars. The trouble with cars, though, is that they always drive away. True to form, this one poofed before I’d finished it. I did my best completing it from memory.

Geoff Watson, “The Road Ahead,” May daily painting #17, oil on panel, 8” x 10,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “The Road Ahead,” May daily painting #17, oil on panel, 8” x 10,” 2019.

Daily painting #6: Unfinished driveway

Not every “daily painting” is going to be a masterpiece, and today’s unfinished effort demonstrates that! I was planning to focus on rain falling in puddles behind the car, but I never got to the puddles, lol. My back started really hurting after about 45 minutes of painting the car, and I called it quits. Hey, at least the car was on the right track. (So to speak.)

Art marketers sometimes say one should never post failures on one’s website. “Only show your best work!,” they say. I think that’s good advice for an art show. But for my blog, I prefer to have an honest conversation with my readers, to talk about what happens when paintings fail, to keep a record of my progress, and to think about how to improve.

Geoff Watson, “Unfinished driveway” (unfinished), May daily painting #5, oil on panel, 8” x 8,” 2019.

Geoff Watson, “Unfinished driveway” (unfinished), May daily painting #5, oil on panel, 8” x 8,” 2019.

Kenwood Avenue - Day 2

I spent the afternoon adding details to trees, improving the drawing, and painting MY car instead of the car that abandoned me in my first session. I also added a figure walking on the street. I'm not sure this one is done yet, but it's getting close; I'm inclined to leave it loose like this. I'll set it aside for a week or so to think on it.

Geoff Watson, "Kenwood Avenue," oil on linen, 18" x 24," 2018.

Geoff Watson, "Kenwood Avenue," oil on linen, 18" x 24," 2018.

Kenwood Avenue - Day 1

When I started this painting, there was a car parked on the left side of the road, but of course it drove away after an hour.  I may park my car on the road tomorrow so that I have a model to paint.  

Geoff Watson, "Kenwood Avenue - in progress," oil on linen, 18" x 24," 2018.

Geoff Watson, "Kenwood Avenue - in progress," oil on linen, 18" x 24," 2018.

Snowy hieroglyphics

My daughter and I made some emoji in the snow today.  These designs raise several profound questions. (1) Is this "art from life"? (2) Does not this artwork reflect an ambivalent attitude toward the snowflake? (3) Most importantly, what surface is this on?

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Well, at least we can answer question (3):

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